#15 Texas Tech (14-7, 6-6) needs to at least split their last two games with Oklahoma State and Texas if they want to finish the Big 12 regular season .500. Oklahoma State looks to be solidly in the NCAA Tournament field, but a win over Texas Tech and a split against in-state rival Oklahoma would certainly help their seeding.
Texas Tech Betting Preview
In the middle of January Texas Tech was coming off a win at Texas looking at climbing into the top 10 with a huge matchup against Baylor on the horizon. The Red Raiders gave the Bears one of their toughest games of the year, but ultimately lost by a score of 68-60.
There was no time to feel sorry for themselves as a trip to Morganstown to face West Virginia was up next. Texas Tech battled again but lost by a point 88-87.
The Red Raiders rebounded with three straight wins. Texas Tech has lost two straight entering the contest against quality opponents in West Virginia at Kansas.
Texas Tech is led in scoring by Mac McClung at 16.9 points per game. McClung’s shooting has been pretty average, but he has done a great job of getting to the foul line and is making them when he gets there at a rate of 80.7%.
Terrence Shannon Jr. is second on the team in scoring at 12.6 per contest. He leads the team in steals at 1.2 per game.
Texas Tech is ranked 22nd overall by Kenpom. The Red Raiders offense is 31st in efficiency while the defense ranks 24th.
Oklahoma State Betting Preview
The Cowboys are quietly putting together a solid season in the Big 12. A win against Texas Tech would guarantee them at least a .500 season in conference play.
Oklahoma State has quality wins at Texas Tech and at home against Kansas, Arkansas and Texas. The Cowboys also have a pair of losses against TCU which is going to hurt their seeding come tournament time.
Freshman Cade Cunningham is leading the team in scoring (18.6) and steals (1.4). Cunningham is one of the better three-point shooters in the nation at 44.6%.
Isaac Likekele is the team’s second leading scorer at 10.2 per contest. Likekele leads the team in rebounding (7.0) and assists (3.8).
Kenpom has Oklahoma State ranked 43rd overall. The offense is 85th in efficiency while the defense ranks 19th.
Mybookie has Texas Tech is a 3-point favorite. The total is set at 138 points.
Free Betting Pick
Chris Beard’s club seems to be in a little bit of a funk. Their loss against West Virginia was their worst performance of the year. The usually elite defense has fallen all the way to 24th in efficiency.
Oklahoma State has taken advantage of an easier part of the schedule by defeating Kansas State and Iowa State. The Cowboys have been really good at home and have to feel good after beating Texas Tech on the road earlier this season.
The Cowboys one in overtime with Avery Anderson leading the way last time around. I look for the Oklahoma State to sweep the season series and start building momentum with a huge home and home coming up against Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State 71, Texas Tech 70